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  1. Eugenio Gonzalez

    Eugenio Gonzalez Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello, I'm in the market for a strat, but man, I love the distressed look. What brand do you recommend in the range of the $500? I want it distressed from stock because the ones that I find really distressed have horrible freatboards, woorn frets, and I dont want to spend money refreting. I checked the ltd st-213 but I'm having trouble finding one, since its discontinued, same for the vintage v6. Is there a brand that is actually making a line of distressed strats? I think there's the fender road worn, but that's more expensive. Thank you
     
  2. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    You won't get any "distressed" finish Fenders for $500 unless you buy one and do it yourself.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Try to find some flood damaged stock?

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    Eko guitars from Italy have a few.

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    Just been on there site some of it looks quite interesting , only distributor is in Dewsbury so next time in Bradford doing a curry run might take a look and report back.
     
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    Grux Strat-O-Master

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    Check out "Vintage" brand guitars, they have a line that are reliced brand new.
     
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    Find a used Fender Road Worn Strat
     
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    Vintage makes some great Strats at a great price. They may not be making the V6 anymore but there’s plenty of people that sell them new. I see companies on eBay selling them all the time at $399 for the distressed model, both the V6 and the V6 MR which is the Clapton tribute. I owned the V6. Loved it, but regrettably sold it, and to someone on here!


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    Buy a MIM strat and turn it into whatever you want. And still have money left over. Good luck
     
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  10. Funk McNasty

    Funk McNasty Strat-O-Master

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    If $500 is your range you could definitley find a legit Fender brand mexi-Roadworn Strat for around that if you look real hard... but best case scenario, lowest price there is still gonna still be $575-$600..

    You mentioned Vintage brand, I just checked Reverb.com and there’s plenty of Vintage V6’s, including the distressed ones—but the distressed ones are like $650—$875. At that price your better off with the real brand, IMO. Unless there’s something about Vintage brand Strats i don’t know about.


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    Buy a Fender MIA/MIM neck, a Squier body, and beat up the body to relic it. Put a loaded pickguard in it for whatever you like to play.

    Find a beat up Squier or other Strat-Like-Object (some non Squier brands do a better job of matching Fender MIM/MIA specs than Squier) locally and buy a new-ish Fender MIM neck with tuners. Replace the pots, switch, jack -- as the pickups are often more than ok and the controls can actually control the tones.

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    I'd like to buy this one, only problem is I'm form México. and most reverb and e-bay posts don't ship to my country, or is expensive. I think I'm gonna have to look for a MIM strat with a good neck and freatboard, and do as Smokey and Neil said, beat the crap out of the body. Any guide you know to relic a guitar?

    Thank you every one.
     
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    This place will ship to you!

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/283615243864



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    Yeah, don't try to do it to a Squier or MIM, or any other guitar with a poly finish. They don't like it and just look like crap.
     
  16. Funk McNasty

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    If you are going to do it yourself, be careful what body you buy—most modern Fenders are finished in poly which is pretty durable and difficult and won’t wear with the look I’m sure you have in mind (a well worn and played look and feel). If you are really serious about wanting it to look somewhat authentic I’d start with a nitro coated body and research guides to relic. There are some MiM’s that came factory with Nitro and could be a starting point. Good luck!


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  17. guitarjack

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    Poly guitars do not like relicing. Looks very fake and artificial.

    However the old mexican custom shop designed classic players have very thin poly coats. So if you must relic poly, opt for those.
     
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    This the trick to a good relic is doing it on a nitro finish. Maybe you can make a partscaster. MIJ make some nice distressed bodies.


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    You can do "burn" finishes on poly guitars. But that turns out quite a bit different than "relic" guitars. The traditional way of artificial relicing used on nitro guitars turns out pretty bad on poly. though, it has been done well on occasion. The problem is that it takes a LOT more work.
     
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    Sorry I meant MJT. Check them out on eBay, I think it’s what your looking for


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